AUMC Kids' Stuff Consignment Sale

Condition Standards

Condition Standards for the Consignment Sale

The Kids’ Stuff Consignment Sale enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the best consignment sales in the northern Virginia area.  And while we make no expressed or implied claims, we would like to be a source within the community where safe, quality, products can be purchased. 



Items which smell of cigarette smoke, moth balls or mildew will not be accepted for sale.

Check to see if your items have been recalled.  We will not accept that item for sale.


The Sale retains the right to reject any item that is ripped, stained, broken, missing parts or otherwise unacceptable.


Check to see if your items have been recalled.  We will not accept that item for sale.  This includes clothing.


Clean Your Items
All clothing must be laundered prior to the sale.  All non-clothing items should also be clean.  Your items will have a better chance of selling, and selling at a higher price, if the item is clean.  You'll find great cleaning tips at the How To Clean Your Items tab.


Bagged Items
Please be considerate when bagging items.  If you are selling a bag of socks, make sure that all socks have a mate.  If you are selling a bag of books, do not include a book that is damaged.  Do not seal the book shut.  Place the sales tag on the back cover of the book using blue painter's tape so as not to damage the surface of the cover.  Do not include a learning book with some pages having been completed.  When binding a set of books together, use string or blue painters tape.  The sales tag must be on the outside of the sealed bag.  If a sales tag is inside a sealed bag the consignor will not receive credit for that sale. 



Shoppers do not want to buy worn-out, stained or damaged clothing, toys or books.  Don’t invest your time tagging them. 

  • All clothing must be laundered prior to the sale.
  • All clothing items should be free of rips and stains.
  • All clothing items, except layette, should be on appropriate-sized hangers. 
  • All items should be of good quality and in good usable condition.


Drawstrings on Clothing
We cannot accept children’s clothing size 2T to 12 that contain drawstrings at the neck or hood, or the waist or bottom that are longer than three inches because the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that parents or caregivers completely remove the hood and neck drawstrings from all children’s upper outerwear, including jackets and sweatshirts, sized 2T to 12. CPSC technical staff has concluded that drawstrings at the neck that are shortened still may present a strangulation hazardCPSC's Drawstring Guidelines



Check the top, seat, arms and knees before you start tagging something.  Bright, natural light will help you see problem areas.  If something’s stained, don’t waste the time to tag it.  If you believe the item is worth your time, you may choose to treat the stain and re-wash the item.  If the stain is successfully removed you can then tag the item for sale.


Stray Threads and Loose Hems
These are easy problems and can be fixed by clipping stray threads with scissors and using a product such as Stitch Witchery to fix a loose hem. 


Broken Zippers and Missing Buttons
Are all of your buttons there?   Can an item be zipped and unzipped easily?  If the answer for any garment is no, add it to your “To Be Fixed” pile and get back to work on your to-be-tagged stash.  If you have time when you’re finished with your first round of sale prep, you can work on repairs.  There are great videos on YouTube for mending clothing. 


Worn-Out Fabrics
Faded colors, cracked screen prints and pilled fabric are clues that an outfit hasn’t held up well.  Pills, those pesky balls of tangled fibers that pop up after clothes rub against each other, can be removed with a fabric shaver or disposable razor.  Faded fabrics don’t stand a chance against a sharp-eyed volunteer.  Add anything that doesn’t pass the color test to your cleaning rags bag.  


Misshapen Garments
Whether something is stretched out enough to fit the Hulk or has shrank down enough to fit an American Girl doll, don’t waste time tagging something that doesn’t measure up to be one size above or below what’s on the tag.  A small amount of shrinkage or stretching is a given when items are gently used.  If the change is excessive, don’t take the time to tag it.  


If you believe an item will sell even if it has a hold in it (e.g., blue jeans) then your sales tag MUST indicate that the item has a hole and where the hole is located on the clothing (e.g., back pocket, right knee).  If you do not, the item will be removed from the sales floor OR the item will be sold at a greatly reduced price at the time of checkout.  



Car Seats

Used or expired car seats can be dangerous.  Make sure you are including all the parts of the car seat you wish to sell.  If you do not have all the parts please do not bring it to the sale.

We will only accept a car seat that is five years old or younger.  Most manufacturers place the date of manufacture on the bottom or back of the car seat.  If you can't find an explicit expiration date printed anywhere on the seat we will not accept the car seat for sale.


Also, check to see if your car seat has recalled.  We will not accept that car seat for sale.


We only accept cribs manufactured on or after June 28, 2011.  It is illegal to manufacture, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for use, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce a crib that does not comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs. This includes manufacturers, retail stores, internet retailers, resale shops, auction sites and consumers.  Cribs that are unacceptable, for any reason, cannot be sold as toddler beds.


You can view crib safety standards at


Assemble Your Items
Items such as toddler beds, cribs and pack-n-plays sell best when they are assembled.  Be prepared at Friday drop-off to assemble your items.  Bring any tools necessary to do so.  If a tool is specific to the item you are selling, place the tool(s) in a plastic bag after assembly and attach that bag to the item using a zip tie or packing tape.  You may use masking tape if there is danger of damaging the item with the packing tape.  The tools will  be used by the purchaser to disassemble the item for transporting the item.  If the tools should be returned to you, please indicate that clearly with a note inside the bag of tools and the tools will be retained and saved for you to pick up after the sale.  Please include your name, consignor number of mobile phone number on the note inside the bag.


For more tips, read the article found by clicking this link.

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